Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church
Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
LifeSite News: The lead organizer of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family [Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri] has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francis’ role in the document’s publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the … More →
Let Pope Francis know you would like him to reaffirm categorically the Catholic teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion and that homosexual unions are contrary to Divine and natural law. Please join us in supporting the urgent Filial Appeal to Pope Francis by completing the petition at this site. Your petition form will be delivered to him in the Vatican along with thousands … More →
Worth reading: (Edward Pentin) In response to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri’s comment that “dogma has its own evolution”, a reader on my Register blog aptly quoted Pope St. Pius X’s ‘Oath Against Modernism’. The head of the Synod of Bishops secretariat, responsible for organizing the highly controversial October Synod on the Family, told Aleteia last week: ”There’s no reason to be scandalized that there is a … More →
AsiaNews: Some Catholics have expressed strong opposition to the Chinese government’s plan to push forward bishop ordinations without papal approval in 2015, as indicated by comments respondents made in response to recent news reports inCatholic Online in China (Tianzhujiao Zaixian) on the working plans of the Patriotic Association and of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) disclosed on Jan. 15, 2015. A Catholic commented that … More →
UCANews: China will continue its practice of electing and ordaining bishops independent of the Holy See, according to a 2015 working plan by the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA). The plan, which appeared on the SARA website on January 15, was the product of a national meeting of religious officials in Beijing on December 26-27, in which SARA director Wang Zuoan is quoted as … More →
CNA: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” … More →
In his “Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie,” David Warren reverses the popular meme that summarizes the response of a decadent, de-christianized West to a surly, truculent Islamism. A nice sample of his writing is this: A great deal of blather has been expended on “the defense of our values.” This plays right into the fanatics’ hands, for they know we don’t have any. Another is … More →
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke was recently interviewed by Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project on the topic of the Catholic “Man-crisis” and what to do about it. The whole interview is worth reading, and not only because it wounded the progressivist sensibilities of the liberals at Crux. His Eminence says some very good things about Catholicity and manhood. Suggestion: You commenters on this site — the … More →
Steve Skojec, 1 Peter 5: 15 years ago last August, as I walked the streets of Vienna with my college classmates, we stopped briefly before a plain, unassuming church with an exterior the color of freshly dug clay. In a city (and continent) full of stunning architecture, this was a spot more likely than not to escape our notice entirely. But our guide — a professor from … More →
Catholic Culture: Recent days have witnessed the destruction of Christian symbols in Europe and the United States and the disruption of a Mass. On Christmas Day, a vandal entered a parish in Douai, France, and decapitated the heads of eight statues in the Nativity scene. La Voix du Nord reported that the week before, vandals had sprayed swastikas on the church, along with the word … More →
The Tablet: The great majority of German bishops would like to see remarried divorcees being allowed to receive the Sacraments under certain specified circumstances. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who presented the findings of a special working group in the German bishops’ conference on the subject in Bonn on 22 December, described divorce and remarriage as “often the beginning of a process of alienation from the Church”. … More →
Vatican Insider: Time given to the sick is holy, ‘praising God’. Francis claims this in his message for the XXIII World Day of the Sick that will take place on the 11th February 2015. He addresses especially ‘all of you who are burdened by illness and are united in various ways to the flesh of the suffering Christ, as well as to you, professionals and … More →
As we enjoy our diminishing American prosperity this Christmas — amid our nation’s increasing balkanization — we would do well to think of others whose misfortune our Big Government and Big Business have facilitated. (Thank you, Hudge and Gudge!) I speak of the Christians of the Middle East. Two things brought them to my attention today. The first was an article in the Washington Post, whose title references … More →
Rorate Caeli: Compared to the reign of Benedict XVI there has been less talk in the current Pontificate of the reunification of Catholicism and the Separated Eastern Christians that accept the first Seven Ecumenical Councils (the “Eastern Orthodox”) being a lot nearer or even imminent, but it has not entirely died out. We saw a bit of it when Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis last year. … More →
Catholic Online: According to Canon Andrew White, Islamic State terrorists have beheaded a man’s four children after they refused to convert to Islam. Canon White’s retelling of a man’s account was released in the press on Dec. 9, and is chilling. It reveals the ruthlessness with which the Islamic State operates. Motivated by a simple directive, to convert people to Islam upon pain of death, … More →